The federal government is lifting restrictions that have limited progress at Historic Fort Wayne, an iconic site on Detroit’s riverfront being eyed for redevelopment.
Within weeks, the hurdles that have hindered development on the sprawling site for decades will be resolved after Detroit’s City Council agreed to pay $110,000 to the U.S. General Services Administration to amend three deeds and implement a preservation covenant to protect the character of the fort’s grounds and buildings.
The city has concepts from five city-based partners for multiple buildings across the 78-acre fort that could get underway in 2021. All have had a long-term interest in Detroit and “know the value of Fort Wayne,” said Meagan Elliott, the city’s chief parks planner.
Detroit put out the call in February to public and private partners interested in individual buildings, a group of structures or the entire site.
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